OSAGE, Iowa - Denise Olson of Osage is a walker.
“I don't drive, never had a license, never drove,” Olson said.
“I grew up in the cities there were buses and cabs, my parents didn't drive, so i never saw a reason too,” Olson said.
Olson grew up in Minneapolis but has been a resident of Osage for the past 17 years. Living in the city, she says she never had issues with cars almost hitting her but in north Iowa, she's had three or four close calls.
“They don't, there pedestrians had the right away, here there's no such thing,” Olson said.
A new study by the insurance institute of highway safety found from 2009 to 2016 pedestrian fatalities increased across the board. SUV's were responsible for the most single vehicle fatal pedestrian crashes. SUV and pedestrian fatal crashes went up by 81 percent during those years. It’s a fact Olson is not surprised to hear.
“It's a bigger vehicle, they think they own the road but actually the three near misses were just regular cars,” Olson said.
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